By Jye Smith Apr.14.2010
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Interview with tyDi

Tydi Creamfields Sydney 2010

my music is my life…something you can listen to over and over again and still find something new

I’m always excited to speak to fellow Australian artists and musicians and tyDi (aka Tyson Illingworth) delivered very well. tyDi gives us a really passion and honest look into what he loves about creating music, and exactly what creating music means to him.

Jye Smith: When did you first start DJing?

Tydi: When I was about 14, in my bedroom really, then inviting friends around to watch.  From there it was house parties til I was about 15 when I started playing my first clubs with like 50 people in the room.

JS: What were the clubs like having some 15, 16 year old playing shows?

T: The liquor licensing act meant that as long as I was contracted by the club, and was with a guardian, meant I was fine. But yeah, they were a little worried I guess.

JS: Where’s been the best place you’ve ever played?

T: If you’ve ever been to Miami, it’s an incredible city. Holland too.  But I’ve played so many shows now, and sometimes it’s the shows with only 300 people that can be the best.

JS: What do you think of the drug scene? It’s pretty heavy here in Sydney

T: I don’t take any drugs, for me personally. With my job I’m in the studio Monday to Friday, then always on flights and playing so many shows on the weekend.  All people see are the DJ’s playing, so they think it’s all party, but not really the work that goes into it.

JS: Does the drug scene ever affect you?

T: Nope, never affected me.  My interest is purely in music.  My music is my life, and that’s my passion.

JS: What is music making process like?

T: Well right now I’ve really found my zone.. I’ll call up my friend down the road who’s a guitarist and invite him around.  I’ll sit down on the piano in the studio, I’m here now, and the guitar will jam along till we come up with a sequence.

From there, I’ll take it and map it out on Logic.

JS: So you play the piano?

T: I’m not really a piano player, but I studied Music Technology at the con [Conservatory of Music] for 4 years.

JS: Would you consider yourself a bit of an audiophile?

T: Yeah, I’m a bit of a music geek I guess.

JS: What’s the biggest challenge to making music?

T: Writer’s block – sounds like something that musicians just say.  But I need every song to be unique. And when I can’t make it unique I need to take a week off and just go to the beach of something and then come back.

JS: What’s the direction of your music? Not only in the next 1-2 years, but also in the 3-4 year period?

T: I want my music to be cutting edge, intricate and have a large amount of detail involved.  Something you can listen to over and over again and still find something new with in.

JS: Does anyone else help produce the album, or just you?

T: Just me, but then the people who come in to do the strings, cellos, etc. or guitars, they usually will write the parts, and sometimes I’ll let them bring in their own ideas.